A story BoiseDev members got first.
Just a little over a year ago, Perspecta said it would set up shop in Meridian and add 500 new jobs in the defense sector – part of what it called a “landmark” new building.
Now, BoiseDev has learned, the company will cut 302 employees – its entire employee base in Meridian. But a company spokesperson says it hopes the employees will land with a new company.
Merger & cuts
Earlier this month, the company formally merged with another defense contractor, Peraton. Shortly before the merger deal went through, Perspecta informed the State of Idaho that it would eliminate the 302 positions, starting early next month.
“We are sorry to inform you that Perspecta Inc… will be conducting a reduction in force at its location at 2487 W. Navigator Dr., Meridian, ID 83642,” Chief Human Resources Officer Tammy Heller wrote. “Consequently, 302 employees from these sites will be laid off beginning on June 4, 2021 or the 14-day period commencing on that date, and additional separations will occur thereafter into August 2021.”
Though the facility is in Meridian, Heller addressed the letter to Boise Mayor Lauren McLean, as well as the State of Idaho.
“This action will be permanent and Perspecta’s entire operations at the location will be closed,” Heller wrote.
Brian Wagner, Senior Director Strategic Communications for Peraton said the newly combined company didn’t renew a key contract.
“(We were) not awarded the follow on contract to its U.S. Navy Next Generation Enterprise Network (NGEN) contract,” Wagner said. “Our prime contractor role on that contract is now winding down as the new contract holder – Leidos – prepares to take over.”
While the Perspecta name just went up on the new building, Leidos will take over the lease, according to Wagner.
“We are actively working with Leidos to transition as many of our NGEN employees as possible before the handover is completed at the end of July and many will be able to take similar jobs with the new contractor,” he said. “Ultimately the number of heritage Perspecta NGEN employees that Leidos will retain is up to them and the customer, but we expect most will be.”
The Boise Valley Economic Partnership lists Perspecta as one of the area’s largest employers, estimating it employs 400-499 employees.
Leidos lists more than two dozen jobs currently open in Idaho – many in Meridian.